Borthwick Institute for Archives, University of York

The Borthwick Institute for Archives is one of the biggest archive respositories outside London. During our 50 year history we have collected archives from all around the world, from the 12th century to the present day. Every year we welcome thousands of visitors to use our archive materials.

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Opening hours

Our Searchroom Reception and Original Document Reading Room are open Monday-Friday 09:15-16:45. Our Microform Room is open during University Library opening hours. To contact the searchrooms ring (01904) 321166. Although an appointment is not essential we do get very busy sometimes, especially in the microform room. We advise booking if you want to guarantee a space, especially if you are travelling a distance to visit us.

Admission charges

Please check before visiting.

Collection details

Industry, Medicine, Religion, Social History, Trade and Commerce

Key artists and exhibits

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgendered History
  • Rowntrees
  • Quakers
  • Slave Trade
  • York psychiatric hospitals at Bootham and Clifton and the private hospital The Retreat
  • Diocesan Archives

Borthwick Institute for Archives, University of York
University of York
North Yorkshire
YO10 5DD




Searchroom enquiries, appointments, phone orders for documents

01904 321166

Office Manager, publication enquiries, rights and reproduction, payment enquiries

01904 321160

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